Protesting against Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s public pronouncements, favouring the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), students of Jadavpur University waved black flags at him for the second consecutive day on Tuesday (December 24).
The Governor had gone to the university as he was invited, in his capacity as the chancellor to address students and award honorary degrees to public personalities.
Reacting strongly to the incident, Dhankhar said, “I am shocked and surprised how the university allow this situation and cannot control it. It’s a total collapse of the system.”
At Jadavpur University so that the students may get their degrees and enjoy the fruits of their labour and contribute to society. Unfortunately the way to the venue in the University is blocked. Unwholesome. No affirmative role by concerned in sight. Worrisome situation.
— Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) December 24, 2019
“The number of those obstructing is only around fifty. System being held hostage and those enjoined with the task are oblivious of their obligations. A collapse that can only lead to unwholesome consequences. Rule of law is nowhere in sight. As constitutional head concerned,” Dhankar tweeted.
While talking to reporters, Dhankhar said, “It is a painful moment for me as a Chancellor and Governor, students inside waiting to be handed over their degrees but a handful of ppl blocking me outside. There’s a total collapse of rule of law in the state. The state government has put education in captivity.”
On Monday too, his visit to the university was protested against when he had gone there to attend a meeting of university officials. He even offered to take questions but when students asked him about CAA and police attack on Jamia Millia Islamia University students, the Governor claimed ignorance. Students heckled him as he left the university.
The CAA is meant to provide citizenships to minorities persecuted in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan-all Muslim majority countries. Those opposed to it say that the law violates the secular character of the constitution.